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Wired: DVD Hearing: Suits Meet Geeks

Jan 18, 2000, 15:20 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lynn Burke)

"Thanks to the RSA encryption conference being held nearby, a battle over DVD security that has pitted the motion picture industry against open-source advocates is about to get really interesting...."

"The plaintiffs say the case is about theft, plain and simple. When Web sites carry either the DVD program or source code instructions showing how to write the program, according to the lawsuit, it threatens the economic viability of the DVD industry. It also affects the consumer electronics and personal computer industries that provide hardware and software to access digital images...."

"They are about censorship of speech critical to science, education, and innovation," said EFF executive director Tara Lemmey. "Reverse engineering of DVD security is legitimate and important for systems' interoperability, and a right that we must preserve for a healthy, open, and democratic society in the information age."

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